Configure failing why?

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at
Tue Nov 15 23:40:54 CET 2005

Samuel M. Smith wrote:

>I am trying to build python2.4.2 on an arm 9 running Debian 3 Sarge

> configure:1842: ./a.out
> ./configure: line 1: ./a.out: Permission denied
> configure:1845: $? = 126
> configure:1854: error: cannot run C++ compiled programs.
> If you meant to cross compile, use `--host'.
> See `config.log' for more details.
> It appears that for some reason the a.out file that the configure
> script is making is not getting execute permissions enable by the
> configure script

on a sane standard Unixoid system, the compiler is required to set the
following permission flags


if and only if the program was successfully compiled and linked.

what happens if you do

    $ cat >foo.cpp
    int main(){ return 0; } <control-D>
    $ c++ foo.cpp
    $ ls -l a.out



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